Published On: Thu, Sep 4th, 2014

Samsung Picks Israeli SideKick to Produce GearVR Games


Samsung unveiled its new virtual reality headset called GearVR which can be attached to mobile devices, and has chosen Israeli games company SideKick as one of only 20 companies worldwide to produce new games for use with it.

The technology just keeps on getting better and better for people who love their video games.

On Wednesday, Side-Kick Games studio announced the production of a Virtual Reality (VR) enabled version of its popular ‘Romans From Mars’ title, designed specifically for use with the Samsung GearVR.

The game, Romans 360, will bring the mobile title to the new Samsung platform via immersive 3D graphics and cartoonish humor. It is among the first games to be developed for the new platform and one of the first titles to be presented to the public by Samsung at the IFA show in Berlin.

Samsung Gear VR makes Virtual Reality accessible by using Samsung phones as the screen and host devices as the VR system. Phones are housed inside plastic enclosures which contains two lenses, creating a full VR headset. By supporting the latest technologies in the Mobile VR space, Side-Kick continues to bring its cutting-edge technology to fast-growing markets. Side-Kick was among the first companies to develop motion games for technologies created by PrimeSense, Intel and Leap Motion.

“Romans From Mars, our flagship game, is expanding beyond the initial smartphone and tablet versions, ” said Guy Bendov, Side-Kick CEO. “Romans 360 is a testament to Side-Kick’s commitment to producing games which are both ground-breaking technology-wise, and focused on emerging markets. Samsung Gear VR represents the future of mobile immersive gaming experiences.”

Founded in 2010, Side-Kick produces games for the whole family on mobile devices and emerging platforms. Some of the games developed by Side-Kick include: Mini Ninjas Kinect (Xbox 360), Agro (Android) and Romans from Mars (iOS and Android). Side-Kick’s collaborations in the tech-gaming field include projects with Intel, eeDoo China, Leap Motion, Extreme Reality, PrimeSense and more.

Side-Kick is backed by Wekix, Kima Ventures, Jasmine Group, Celartem and private investors.

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